Following the success of their restaurants in Ohashi and Yakuin, Apuro opened in Daimyo in May 2010. The interior is in the style of a Korean street stall, allowing you to experience an authentic Korean atmosphere without leaving Fukuoka. Their specialty is Ogyeopsal (¥1,380 per person, minimum order of two portions), which uses “five-layered” pork from Kagoshima black pigs and is eaten wrapped in lettuce or perilla leaves.
Add a dab of their original miso sauce for an even richer flavor. The Sundubu (Korean Stew, ¥1,280) uses high-grade Japanese black cattle intestines in a soup made from clams and other seafood and flavored with gochujang for an addictive blend of flavor and spiciness. Gill, the manager, says that he hopes Apuro can be a cultural bridge between Korea and Japan, and as part of his effort to promote Japanese-Korean cultural exchange he also holds Korean language classes in the restaurant every Saturday and Sunday. This sentiment may even have inspired the name of the restaurant; “Apuro” means “from now on” in Korean, reflecting Gill’s commitment to work hard for a brighter tomorrow.
Samgyeopsal (“three-layered pork”) and Ogyeopsal (“five-layered pork”) set ¥1,280 per person (minimum order of two portions)
Samgyeopsal set ¥1,180 per person (minimum order of two portions)
Apuro Jijim ¥880
Korean Beers (Hite, OB, Cass) all ¥600
Little Korea Apuro Daimyo
Address: 1F Daimyo Harmony Bldg, 1-9-23 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 17:00~2:00 (L.O. 1:00), Fri. & Sat. 〜3:00 (L.O. 2:00）
Closed: Every day open
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn140 Aug. 2010)